Green Screen Workshop

The green screen workshop with Dave was very informative, and pretty inspiring for my project. I would feel quite confident using the lighting, which he highlighted as an important aspect of using a green screen, due to my Photographic Art Direction module that I completed abroad.

He spoke about how to make objects seemingly float by placing them onto chairs covered with the chroma key fabric. They can then spin or move, whilst floating. To do this, one must first film the scene without any ‘talent’ in the shot, so that the area covered by the chair can be overlaid later.

For my purposes, that is post-production works rather than live tv, I would just film the talent with the green background and props etc. and then edit that film in Premiere Pro to overlay a second video or image into the green areas. Or, I suppose, remove the green areas and have another video layered behind.

Other suggestions included green contact lenses, green areas painted onto people to show holes or missing limbs, green windows in cars, green paint in paintings. He points out that any colour would work, as long as the background is flat, such as the blue sky. Picking out one colour to swap to gifs or images could be fun.

I also learned that you can purchase ‘chroma key sets’. This involves an image of an environment, or multiple images of that environment from different angles if sensors and more money are involved, which you can then pretend to act in, as demonstrated in the video below, or in the news.

I am thinking that this could be useful in film making because it removes the necessity of finding locations and sets. It would also allow me to incorporate found footage etc. I am now  considering this in relation to my own film work.

He mentioned ‘vision mixers’ and an app that costs less than £3. I will look into this on my iPad. The real version is used to switch between different video sources, for example when live streaming a sports match. Special effects can be achieved by mixing several video sources.


Assessment Piece: Filming and Editing

After finding a couple of willing actresses, we took a day trip to London, a setting I thought was appropriate in discussing a political issue, and for representing a idealistic, futuristic city, due to its recognisable skyline.


The star of the film is Gianna Gréaume, and Fiona Jones was able to come and assist and play a working woman. I signed out a panasonic hand held camera and a counterweight from the equipment store, to use in the filming. No other equipment was needed, as I have found most of the creative side of shooting the film was in the editing, which is still in progress.

Aside from slight issues in smoothness, I would like to figure out how to make the flashback sections look like more antique films. Perhaps I will try to sit down with Angus when I don’t have so many Psychology deadlines.

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I would also like to take another look at the timing with the soundtrack, and deal with a couple of men who  have made it into the final cut. I may have to remove a shot that I liked in order to remove them. Fiona Jones also suggested that I could censor each man with a banana. However I am not sure that this fits in with the purpose of the film completely. I will consider this.

During our most recent crit, we determined that the ambiguous nature of the film is a quality, and it was suggested that I think about how best to show the film for the exhibition. Perhaps I will make banana or apple chairs, or project the film onto a banana, or multiple screens.

BANANA CHAIR DESIGNS, see notes and redraw.

We recently had an artists talk from Rehana Zeman, a moving images artist who made a lot of work that interested me, cutting together dramatisations, documentaries, and animation. She also showed many examples of how her work is displayed in galleries; more often than not, on multiple screens.

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Pipilotti Rist also presented her film around a corner so two images were seen simultaneously. I am therefore considering making three windows in the film, with the central image playing the proper film, and the other two maybe just Gianna walking away/toward, or doing various everyday activities on a loop.